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Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when...
Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern after damage from Hurricane Barbara in 1953, repairing the damaged original Aquia sandstone and restoring the surrounding dunes. Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
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Wonderful view from this lighthouse

Nice little side trip. On a military base, so be ready to submit to a vehicle search upon entrance, but the light house is definitely worth the trouble. LOTS OF STEPS so you'll... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Gloucester Point, Virginia
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Gloucester Point, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Nice little side trip. On a military base, so be ready to submit to a vehicle search upon entrance, but the light house is definitely worth the trouble. LOTS OF STEPS so you'll need to be able to climb them to be able to both access the lighthouse and to climb into the lighthouse itself. The amazing view from the... More 

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Family climbed all 191 steps to the top for a splendid for a great panoramic view of the bay and the ocean. Located on the grounds of the Fort Story military base, you'll have to show ID at a military checkpoint to enter. If your'e a photographer there's lots of views to be photographed.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If your a lighthouse buff this is a great place to visit although a bit hard to find so follow the directions carefully and your on your way to seeing 2 lighthouse in one visit.You can access the old light but the new replacement light is off limits to visitors and also know that you are on the property of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The Cape Henry lighthouse is located on an active military base, so expect to go through intense security as you enter. The history of the lighthouse is really neat, as the first public works project by the Federal Government under the Constitution. The $8 fee ($7 for AAA, military, seniors) is worth it for the walk to the top offering... More 

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Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

On a recent visit to the Williamsburg, VA area, we took a side trip to Virginia Beach and then scouted out the Cape Henry Lighthouse at Fort Story as my sons had never been to a lighthouse. First, it was not easily marked and we missed the turn to the entrance. Once you get to the entrance of Fort Story,... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Put on your walking shoes! A nice little workout climbing to the top of the nation's first lighthouse, and the first Federal building project. If you're there in the summer it will be very hot at the closed-in top, but....the view is worth it. I saw scores of dolphins swimming along the coastline in mother/baby groups. Also interesting to watch... More 

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North Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This lighthouse is on a working army base, so you must go through a security checkpoint before entering. Be prepared to show picture ID, car registration and proof of insurance. They men conducting the search were friendly and got us through in no time. There are 2 Cape Henry Lighthouses. The original brick one and the newer black and white... More 

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Murrysville, PA, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Neat for the history, worth the visit. You have to go through government security because you're entering a military base. You are not allowed to visit the lighthouse across the street which is the real gem, because it is a functional lighthouse.

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New Hartford, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Beautiful view from there. Nice gift shop and plenty of free parking. Close to the Boardwalk. Be prepared to have you and your car searched before you enter the base though.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Cape Henry Lighthouse is on Fort Story Military Base, but it was no big deal to go through security. They asked to see IDs and paperwork on our rental car. It was fairly quick. The guys were friendly. The lighthouse has many steps and of course it's narrow and winding, but really enjoyed it. The light itself is gone, but... More 

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